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  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be ARMOUR

  • By bhagat on 04-30-17

I really hate to give 4 star reviews, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I had the feeling from the start that this was going to be a good series to get my head into. Moving from book 1 and further into book 2, I began to feel that this was a pre-programmed mulit-chapter series that was going to take hundreds of pages to progress only slightly down a plot arc to a conclusion. I didn't develop a great need to find out what happens next. Sorry.

I was particularly impressed by the Luke Daniels performance in voicing the multi-species characters. Great job, Luke Daniels.

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  • World on the Edge

  • How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse
  • By: Lester R. Brown
  • Narrated by: Alan Robertson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

We are in a race between political and natural tipping points. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? These are some of the issues Lester R. Brown skillfully distills in World on the Edge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a must read for anyone that cares about the future

  • By Cynthia on 03-21-18

Inspirational and Aspirational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-17

It happened that I was in the process of writing an eco/SciFi thriller while listening to this book, it not only fine-tuned me to the state of the art in developing technologies but permitted shameless borrowing of anticipated technologies that can literally raise the bar for the human race. That bar is not only our ability to solve problems but the asymptote called limiting factors that will permit some additional growth with less pain and suffering.
If you are interested in the future of the Human race, read this book. Do not wear pink shaded glasses. It won't be easy.
Also, be on the lookout for 'Room for Tomorrow' due out in 2018.

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,556

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Classic for good reason

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Could serve as a textbook for good sci fi. Niven and Pounelle excel at creation of alternate cultures.

  • Civilization

  • The West and the Rest
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451

The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West.

  • By Patrick on 05-25-13

Better than any of the lectures I took in college!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Civilization to be better than the print version?

Haven't seen the print version

Any additional comments?

The author is an expert in contextualizing developments in the world's cultures in light of their contacts or lack thereof with adjoining or distant cultures, While my college text books gave lip service to the tea road and spice as the driver for western exploration, Ferguson goes the extra mile and a half to provide the cross cultural drivers and inhibitors on all sides. A repeated theme appears; great cultures grow, become entrenched and ossified by their commercial and/or clerical leadership and become vulnerable to outside more flexible models. Japan stagnated under severe hierarchal limits and suspicion of the unknown, China should have controled all of southeast asia, but eschewed naval and territorial expansion by close-minded decree, Britain treated all subject peoples as tools, failing to recognize human value ans aspiration. Each great power carried the seed of its demise in its basic assumptions.

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,254

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Wow...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My boots were never on this ground, but Marlantes puts the reader in the jungle.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the multiple points of view from grunt, to NCO, junior officer corps, to the battalion commanders. It was always obvious to me as an enlisted man that the officer corps never understood the experience of the grunt, and I know now that we never understood the difficulties of decision making by the oak leaf crowd. I am sure that Matterhorn was informed by personal experience.

Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not and was very suprised at the excellence of the narration.

If you could take any character from Matterhorn out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd actually rather find some of my old friends from the US Army. We were family and the relationships in Matterhorn revived some of those memories.

Any additional comments?

Read it.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,502
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,328

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I bought ths

  • By Jayson on 06-03-12

So tame, no shame...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-12

If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

Lame, limp, wimp.

No reason to hide this book from your co-workers. So tame it's lame. Our heroine is unbelievable, how rare is a 'babe' old enough to have finished college, still virginal who is not hung up by religious conviction. She must have a near zero libido to have reached into her twenties and never before been attracted to a male. The great build-up to the 'red room of pain' leaves so much to be desired that I almost didn't bother finishing the book. Hoping she had second thoughts about the relationship to make books two and three interesting, but not sure if I'm willing to invest anything to find out. Too bad ms. James didn't model a real female in the starring role.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting, the big lead in. Least interesting, the delivery.

Any additional comments?

If you had prurient motives in considering this book, forget it.

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  • Crusade

  • Destroyermen, Book 2
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Woman's Perspective

  • By Laura H. on 04-12-12

This sequel stands up to my expectations

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-12

What made the experience of listening to Crusade the most enjoyable?

Character development continues as we get to know the crew and locals better. Relationships grow and allegiences and trust between species mature as we get to know more of the locals.

What did you like best about this story?

At the risk of spoilers, bringing other survivors of the 'temporal event' into the plot line increases the possibilities of challenges and plot intrigue. Moving of from this second installment, the arc of the plot is truly unpredictable

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dufris' narration is spotless and unencumbered by trying to go into too many character voices.